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A Cold Day in Assen

Back to The Netherlands and although spring has finally started now, I don’t think it’s too late to post a photo from the icy days we experienced at the end of February, only six weeks ago. In fact, I don’t think the photo even shows how bitterly cold it actually was, when I took this photo.

This is Kloosterstraat (Monastery Street) in the historic heart of the city of Assen. The street features some listed buildings (‘provincial monuments’). Most of the current buildings date back to the 19th century, but the history of the street can be traced back to 1600, when the street was part of the monastery which it was named after. Near the Brink, a grassy area which used to be the main square in Assen, just as in many other smaller Dutch cities and towns in the past, the street is flanked by two buildings of the Drents Museum, which was the main goal of our visit (and more particularly the exhibition “The American Dream”, which my dad has already shown some photos of).

Assen is the capital and largest city (67,601 inhabitants) of the province of Drenthe. Located in the northeast of the country, Drenthe is the third least-populated province of The Netherlands, mainly consisting of rural area and heathlands and is famous for its dolmens.

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Exif data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/1250 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 430/100 mm
Date Taken: 2018-02-28 13:14
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1603 kb

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